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Pallid Sturgeon

River flows boosted to attract pallid sturgeon to spawn

Marias River flows coming out of Tiber Dam in June will increase sharply to see if mimicking nature can help endangered pallid sturgeon reproduce.

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Congress opens tap for Montana water projects

Congress opens tap for Montana water projects

A bill for $12 billion supporting several Montana water projects is on its way the President Barack Obama’s desk after House and Senate approval last week.

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Blood draw

Blood draw

Dave Fuller, left, and Chris Wesolek draw blood and an egg sample from a female pallid sturgeon that was netted on the Yellowstone River last week. The samples are drawn to find out how close the more than 60-year-old fish is to spawning.

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Paddlefish release

Paddlefish release

Biological technician Ryan Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases a paddlefish that was caught in a drift net meant to capture pallid sturgeon.

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Untangling

Untangling

Netting crew members Zac Sandness, left, and Ryan Wilson work to untangle and release a paddlefish from their drift net.

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Cheating stick

Cheating stick

Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries technicians pull in a drift net while searching for pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River. The antenna in the front of the boat allows them to locate radio-tagged sturgeon. The federal crews, which don't have the telemetry gear, jokingly call the antenna …

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The office

The office

Fisheries technician Tyler Berger rides in the bow of a jet boat on the lower Yellowstone River as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew searches for pallid sturgeon last Thursday.

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Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

WILLISTON, N.D. — A bison skull and a car’s transmission are two of the strangest things Ryan Wilson has pulled up in a drift net from the bottom of the Yellowstone River while trying to capture wild pallid sturgeon.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A rare fish

A rare fish

A pallid sturgeon netted on the Yellowstone River near the confluence of the Missouri River is probably over 60 years old. Aging the fish is difficult, but there has been no documented successful reproduction of the wild fish since the dam creating Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota was erected in 1955.

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Releasing the pallid

Releasing the pallid

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks employees, from left, Matt Rugg, Chris Wesolek, and Dave Fuller, release a pallid sturgeon after taking blood and eggs samples from the female fish.

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Fish diary

Fish diary

Zac Sandness, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife technician, records where fish were netted on the Yellowstone River.

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Bycatch

Bycatch

Tyler Berger, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service technician, releases a paddlefish from a drift net. Paddlefish spawn at about the same time as pallid sturgeon, so the more numerous fish are frequently caught as crews search for pallid sturgeon.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews net pallid sturgeon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews net pallid sturgeon

Ryan Wilson with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks about netting pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River in North Dakota.

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In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

SIDNEY — In this frontier farm town of sugar beets and oil wells, spring arrives with the turn of an iron wheel.

May 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Plan for pallid sturgeon passage on Yellowstone River unveiled

Plan for pallid sturgeon passage on Yellowstone River unveiled

Creating a twisting, 3-mile-long channel around Intake Diversion Dam on the lower Yellowstone River to allow endangered pallid sturgeon and other native fish to swim around the dam would cost an estimated $58.9 million and the moving of more than a million cubic yards of dirt and gravel whil…

April 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pallid sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon

Pallid sturgeon are related to fish that have been dated back 70 million years.

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Recovery plan finalized for pallid sturgeon

Recovery plan finalized for pallid sturgeon

A 126-page document that contains or references most of what is known about the endangered pallid sturgeon in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has been completed and released to the public.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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George Jordan

George Jordan

George Jordan, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, leads the pallid sturgeon recovery team.

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Recovery efforts

Recovery efforts

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees hold a pallid sturgeon. The agency and others have been working for 20 years to restore the species in the Missouri, Mississippi and Yellowstone river systems.

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